1. What’s something people might ask you for help with?
So, I confess, I did cheat and ask my friends what they’d ask me for help with. They said ‘Babysitting, baking cupcakes and advice – particularly late night chats or something that needs a straight answer/opinion’.
And that is probably about right I think! I giggled at the last two – my friends know that I’m a night owl, so I’m usually the ‘I’m awake at Midnight with this on my mind, who can I chat to about it? Everyone’s asleep…but Laura Anne won’t be!’ person. I’m also known for my honesty – I have a tendency to just say it how it is and not terribly good at dressing it up. Sorry friends – that is both a strength and weakness of mine.
2. What’s something you might ask someone else for help with?
Usually something that requires arm strength – like changing a tyre on a car, moving something heavy or getting advice on a purchase of something I don’t know much about. My friend who cycles loads helped me buy my bicycle a few years ago, including getting it from the shop to my house which I am so, so grateful for!
Or, I ask them for their thoughts and prayers. Doing things like education and counselling, I realise that I need people to give me feedback on the way I train, the way I counsel, how I come across to make me more self-aware. I have a bunch of friends who I trust for that kind of thing.
3. Did your family take summer vacations when you were a child? If so, where did you go? If you’re a parent, did/do you plan summer vacations with your own family? Did/do they resemble those you took as a child?
Yes. Growing up my Mum and I didn’t have much money. Usually one year we’d go to Scarborough (a seaside town in Yorkshire, England) for a long weekend with my grandparents. The next year we’d go to Greece or Spain – back in the 90s before the Euro this was really cheap. My Mum was great at getting good deals, we’d stay in self-catered apartment and usually went with her friends. I’m so thankful they were ok with little me tagging along. They taught me to swim in the sea, sent me off to get cans of juice (soda) and ice lollies and at night got barmen to make me cocktails (with no alcohol) and tucked me into a corner with all the cardigans if I fell asleep! I loved those holidays.
My holidays as an adult have looked nothing like those holidays! I’ve mostly backpacked and never been one to sit on a beach all day. Though I loved my 2 holidays in Cornwall with my friends’ families and hope I can be to their kids like my Mum’s friends were to me!
4. Pool-lake-ocean…which one is most appealing to you on a hot summer day?
Ask a silly question! OCEAN! Nothing beats the sand, sea air and SURF!
5. Have you ever justified using the expression, ‘you gotta be cruel to be kind’? Was it really necessary or were you rationalizing?
Sort of. Sometimes you need to hold boundaries because otherwise you’re actually not helping someone. It’s easy to rush in and ‘fix it’ but usually that doesn’t help a person because they don’t learn how to cope and can repeat the same destructive behaviours. Who wants to ground their kids really? No one. It sucks.
6. The Journal of Psychology recently mentioned the results of a survey identifying the ten most hated foods as-liver, lima beans, mayonnaise, mushrooms, eggs, okra, beets, brussel sprouts, tuna, and gelatin. Of those foods, how many do you actually hate? Anything you’d add to the list?
I’m very, very happy to see mayonnaise on that list. It makes lovely things just gross. Liver, mayonnaise, brussel sprouts and my beef with gelatin (pun intended) is probably to do with being grossed out by what it is…!
Mushrooms don’t bother me, never tried okra or lima beans. I like beetroot when it’s fresh – but the stuff that’s been in a jar? ew ew ew. Tinned tuna is gross, but a fresh tuna steak is yummy.
As for what I’d add: grapefruit, neeps (turnip), cabbage, coleslaw.
7. What’s your favorite book or movie set in a beach or lake town?
Ooh. Now. There’s a question…my favourite book is ‘Tully‘ by Paullina Simons and that’s set in Topeka, KS and the character spends a lot of time at a lake, and longs for the Californian ocean. My favourite movie is Dangerous Minds which is set in California. But it’s not beachy…..um…….for now I’ll say ‘Soul Surfer‘ though I loved the real book more than the film adaptation.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Summer has come to Scotland!!! Like ACTUAL summer. I can’t remember the last time we had actual summer in Scotland. Here is proof – a screenshot from the BBC Weather website for the nearest weather station to me at 5 p.m. on Tuesday (American friends – 27 C is about 81 F).
And with my Tuesday off, I had the chance to spend the day rocking climbing with my friend and her son. My friend from uni very generously came, picked me up and taught me how to do it and cheered me on up several climbing walls. The sun was still shining when she dropped me off at 3.30 p.m. and that gave me a chance to get the next paperback of No 1 Ladies Detective Agency books read in time for Edinburgh Book Festival next month. On the purple sunbed I bought last month…I’m getting to use it more than once. Yippee!
Hopefully it will stay this lovely for the Sponsored Spacehop which is happening this Saturday! I’ve carried on my ‘training’ – my spacehopper came with me to Glasgow last weekend when Soul Surfers met at the Kelvingrove Skate Park.